Delhi to lose some wedding

پنجشنبه 21 تير 1397
13:45
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A lack of sufficient ‘auspicious’ dates in November and December has pushed the city’s wedding season to the start of next year, according to astrologers, making it a lean time for banquet halls, caterers, wedding planners and fashion designers who do their best business at the year-end.

Most propitious dates have shifted to January and February due to a change in planetary positions, said Jaigovind Shastri, a Delhi-based astrologer. He said that such a planetary placement has occurred after 20 years.

“As per the Hindu calendar, wedding cannot happen before November 19. Even after that, there are just seven dates available — November 23, 24, 25,26 and December 11, 12 and 13,” he said.

The monstrous traffic snarls that are common in the capital during the last two months of the year, when marriage processions and wedding revellers take over the streets of the city, may get postponed too, but Delhi traffic police aren’t taking anything for granted.

“We have not started receiving permission requests yet, so we cannot say for sure if the wedding season has been shifted to January,” said a senior traffic police official.

Caterers, wedding planners and fashion designers who prepare bridal trousseaus are still waiting for business.

When HT checked with 15 popular wedding venues, most claimed that they were yet to receive bookings for most dates in November and December. Caretakers said these venues usually get booked at least a year ahead of the wedding season.

Similar was the situation at several private banquet halls in south and north Delhi.

“It is the same at all banquets halls in city. They are just booked for seven or eight days,” Sanjeev Verma, owner of Celebrations Banquet Hall at north Delhi’s Wazirpur and B2 Party Palace at Lawrence Road (near Britannia Chowk) said.

He said that during the few available auspicious dates, the city is likely come to a “standstill”.

At the New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC) wedding halls, dates between November 1 and 18 were mostly available at all the 13 venues. Though halls were booked on November 19, but after that date until December 10, most venues were available.

Rohit Kumar of Jai Ganpati Caterers and Tent House, which provides catering services in nine out the 13 NDMC halls, said that the “lack of auspicious dates” this year has reduced his earning down to one-third of the business he does every year .

“Contrary to the last year, when I had back-to-back bookings for at least 20 days in November, this year, I have got bookings for just four days. Since astrologically there are only seven to eight auspicious wedding dates, people who are not getting suitable venues are mostly shifting their wedding dates to January end, February and March,” said Kumar.

Deepa Sondhi, a designer from Punjabi Bagh in west Delhi, said people were visiting her store for the festive season instead of shopping for weddings. “Except for four or five clients who came to get clothes designed for their weddings, I didn’t get many bookings for November and December,” she said.Read more at:cheap formal dresses | marieaustralia


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You don't have to wear a pair of Janelle Monae's 'pussypants' to be a feminist

چهارشنبه 29 فروردين 1397
12:31
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There are a lot of fashion trends that I just won’t ever understand.

Crocs and denim overalls are near the top of that list. So is pairing socks with athletic sandals, circa 1996.

One of the latest to join this brow-raising bunch is fashion’s recent obsession with modeling garments after a woman’s genitalia. Case in point: the full, ruffled pants in Janelle Monae’s new music video “PYNK.” They look so much like a gal’s nether regions that they’ve become affectionately known as “pussypants” on social media since the world got its first glimpse of them last week.

The music video is 4-plus minutes of cheeky sexual innuendos. If this was the only example out there of this sort of thing, I’d just chalk it up to Ms. Monae’s artistic vision, which many of her fans have praised for promoting feminism and self-love. But these pants have plenty of pink fleshy fashion company.

At New York Fashion Week in September, the Berlin-based brand Namilia paid tribute to the vagina with a collection embellished with fabric interpretations of it on skimpy dresses, blazers and even a pair of strappy stilettos. The label’s designers Nan Li and Emilia Pfohl told media that they were inspired by the 1748 novel “The Indiscreet Jewels,” in which a character has a ring that possesses the power to make a woman’s genitals talk.

That was followed up at the February shows by Kaimin’s “vagina wigs,” or mohawk-style hair extensions that covered each model’s crotch. (History lesson: Turns out these are called “merkins.” Centuries ago, apparently it was common for those who engaged in prostitution to wear them after having shaved down there for hygiene reasons.) Tom Ford accessorized his fall/winter ’18 collection with sparkly purses and shoes emblazoned with “Pussy Power.”

Let’s be clear: My issue with this trend has nothing to do with being ashamed or squeamish about the female form or discouraging women to embrace their sexuality. I just don’t get how objectifying this part — or any part, for that matter -— of a woman’s body by treating it as something to dress up or add shock-and-awe to an outfit is doing much to rally for the rights of women. If anything, isn’t it just enforcing archaic views that women are sexualized beings to be seen, not heard? News flash, they’re not.

And what message is being sent when the designer of these pieces is a man? For years and years, fashion brands and ad campaigns (often produced by and for a male gaze) have been criticized for presenting models in hyper-sexual poses and outfits. Is this really all that different?

Plus, if these clothes are indeed meant to be a feminist statement, they imply that womanhood is directly tied to physical anatomy and overlook the rights and feelings of those who identify as transgender or nonbinary.

This doesn’t mean that those who make or wear these pieces aren’t proud feminists in their own rights. But it does mean that you don’t have to wear a pair of “pussypants” to be a feminist.Read more at:celebrity dresses | marieaustralia.com


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Jonathan Anderson Shows Second Uniqlo Collection in Tokyo

چهارشنبه 22 فروردين 1397
15:04
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Jonathan Anderson made a quick trip to the Japanese capital to launch the second season of his collaboration with Uniqlo at a press event Tuesday. The line hits stores around the world as well as Uniqlo’s e-commerce site on April 20.

Anderson spoke about his love of Tokyo and Japanese design at an event on the 52nd floor of the Andaz hotel.

“Every time I come here I end up shopping way too much, spending all my money,” he said with a laugh. “Since I was very young I’ve always been obsessed with Japanese craft, this idea that you can build this legacy which you pass on [from] generation to generation, which I think is quite similar in British culture.”

The Brighton Beach-inspired spring offering of Anderson’s collection with Uniqlo is made up of basics with a twist, like striped or solid T-shirts with uneven hems, ruffle collar shirts and chino shorts. The designer, who said he wears Uniqlo every day, said he has enjoyed working with the Japanese company — he described the experience as “methodical”— and that he has been impressed by the quality it is able to deliver at low prices.

“I’ve done collaborations before, but the difference with Uniqlo is that they make the material,” he said. “If you take, for example, the cotton T-shirt, the fabric is incredible, the cut is incredible, so ultimately it raises the bar quite high.”

Anderson also said he believes clothing should be inclusive and democratic, which is another reason he chose to work with Uniqlo.

“I believe, for example, I work for a luxury group, I have a start-up as J.W. Anderson, and I have done a collaboration with Uniqlo. There is something in that combination for me that [says], that is modernity,” he said. “That the white T-shirt can be worn with the J.W. Anderson knit, or it can have the leather bag from Loewe. Why not?”Read more at:formal dresses online australia | long evening dresses australia


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Fashion show was held at Delamere Academy

دوشنبه 20 فروردين 1397
10:56
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STYLISH mums braved the catwalk to raise money for women in crisis.

The event at Delamere Academy was in aid of Elle for Elle, a new charity set up by Rachel O’Hare and Lynette Page-Collin from Knutsford to help women left homeless by domestic abuse or other crises.

Elle for Elle provides beauty products and toiletries to women’s refuges to help residents maintain their dignity and self-esteem.

The school hall was packed with fashion fans who donated their unused products before watching the ladies strut their stuff.

Now bags of toiletries and cosmetics will be distributed to refuges across the region.

Lynette, a professional make-up artist, said: “We’ve been thinking of ways of raising awareness and enticing people to donate their unwanted products.

“Most women have bathrooms full of stuff they don’t want or will never need, yet they can make such a difference to others who have nothing.

“I’ve visited several refuges and spoken to women there, and the stories I’ve heard were heart-breaking. Anything we can do to brighten their days is worth doing.

“The show went really well, and we’re really grateful to the ladies who were our gorgeous models and everyone who came along to support us.

“We’ve now got loads of great stuff we’ll be delivering over the next few weeks, and we also raised more than £600 which will go towards the purchase of more much-needed products.

“Our mission is growing rapidly and Rachel and I are over the moon with the number of people helping.”

Mother-of-three Lynette became determined to find a positive use for all her unwanted cosmetics.

She got in touch with Women’s Housing Action Group, which offers housing and support to homeless vulnerable women, and Elle for Elle was born.

Donations stock the bathrooms at various sites which provide temporary accommodation and help to women and children escaping domestic abuse.

Lynette and Rachel thanked Abi Fisher, who supplied the clothes for the fashion show.

They also thanked Style.Me in Cuddington, Stella and Dot, Tropic Skincare, Hoity Toity shoes, Piste wine bar, as well as BooHoo clothing, who are supporting the campaign.

If you’d like to give, a collection point has been set up at St John’s Church, Knutsford.Read more at:short formal dresses | plus size formal dresses


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Lex grad makes most of social media in NYC

سه شنبه 7 فروردين 1397
10:49
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Uprooting to a new area can bring with it several different emotions, perhaps nervousness, excitement, sadness or a combination of the three.

Mansfield native Lauren Pfieffer, 24, decided to leave for New York two weeks after graduating from Kent State University in 2016, taking with her the money she saved while working as a barista during her senior year of college.

The 2012 Lexington graduate moved to Brooklyn without a job lined up, and decided to sign a sublease agreement on an apartment for three months.

"I'm going to give myself three months to make this work and see if i can do it, and if I can't make it work in three months then I'll come home," Pfieffer thought.

Although it was tough saying goodbye to family, she was excited to begin this new journey.

"It was one of the things in my life that felt really right," she said.

Pfieffer had previously lived in Manhattan while participating in a three-month internship with "Cosmopolitan" magazine.

"I never had intentions of moving to New York," she said. "Being from a small town I just never thought that was a possibility for me. I'm very introverted, so it really took me by surprise when I fell in love with New York, and I knew after my internship that I had to get back."

When she arrived in Brooklyn, the job hunt commenced immediately. Her efforts ultimately proved fruitful. Just two weeks in, she landed a job as a social media specialist at Richard Leeds International, a sleepwear company.

The position was right in her wheelhouse, as Pfieffer had studied fashion merchandising in college and earned a minor in fashion media.

While searching for a job, she knew she wanted to do something that involved social media. Her interest in social media sparked at 16 when she started her own fashion blog at the encouragement of her high school English teacher.

"That was the first time someone had really believed in me," she said. "I didn't have a lot of confidence in myself."

For eight years Pfieffer blogged about her fashion finds, taking pictures of everyday outfits that she wore, and opened up about her personal struggles she dealt with in high school and college.

"Doing that for eight years made me realize how much I love social media and the instant connection that it provides people," she said. "I knew it was something I wanted to do when finding a job in New York."

She worked at Richard Leeds for six months before accepting a position as social media coordinator at Kiehl's, a skincare company and third oldest retailer in the country.

In this role Pfieffer mainly helps curate and execute the company's social media platforms. She also works on photo shoots, assists in developing video content, and works in customer service.

"I've been there a year and a half and I love it," she said.

Because she's on social media most of the day for work, she decided to stop blogging.

"When you do social media all day, it's really difficult and exhausting to come home and do more, so what I've been doing is I've really invested in the Instagram community," Pfieffer said.

She's found that people appreciate the instantaneous platforms like Instagram. Plus, it's not as much of a time commitment on her end, and Instagram still enables her to build connections with others -- one thing she finds most rewarding about social media.

"I've met so many unique, genuine people that I never would have otherwise met if I hadn't been on Instagram or the internet, and I've gotten a chance to meet a lot of them in person," she said.

Pfieffer's Instagram profile, in a way, is a mini version of her fashion blog in that she still snaps photos of her wardrobe -- 90 percent of which is thrifted.

Her knack for thrifting started at a young age.

"Growing up I didn't have money to invest in the trends that people bought into," she said. "I started thrifting as a way to kind of make my outfits my own way and I was very into vintage style and inspiration, and they just weren't selling that at the mall or even in Columbus."

Her favorite second-hand stores to hit are in Mansfield -- Volunteers of America, Goodwill and What Goes 'Round Thrift Shoppe.

"I actually really don't like thrifting in New York; everything is really picked over and it's overpriced," she said. "My favorite is thrifting in Ohio in Mansfield. There's nothing better. It's just such a unique market and we have such history and an interesting community.

"I have found so many pieces that tell the history of Mansfield and its residents."

Many people ask Pfieffer the secret to successful thrifting.

"That can be hard to answer," she said. "I wish I could tell people to buy this or that here, but with thrifting you're finding one-of-a-kind pieces. Some days you find better pieces and some days you don't. It's just kind of a luck of the draw, and really about how often you go and where you go."

Some day Pfieffer may pursue creating her own small business that sells vintage or thrifted clothes.

But for now she's content learning everything there is to know about social media.

"I'm not 100 percent sure where it will take me, but I know I want to keep following this path and just continue to discover everything there is to learn about it," she said.

She's also happily at home in New York.

"It took me a long time," she said. "I would say it was a year into living here before I really felt truly at home.

"But Ohio will always be where my roots are and it really developed me as a person. I'll never forget that."Read more at:formal dresses online australia | evening dresses online


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My travels in Bengal introduced me to the concept of revival

جمعه 25 اسفند 1396
11:35
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The first lady of fashion, legendary designer Ritu Kumar, who has pioneered the revival of the finest textile techniques in India since last 50 years has embarked on a new journey - an exhibition illustrating a forthcoming series of publications authored by the designer herself on her travels through South Asia and Europe. We got in touch with the textile revivalist to know more about this new journey and her inspiration. Here's what the designer had to say:

You are the harbinger of reintroducing several ancient Indian skills and incorporating them into modern Indian textile designing. How has been the journey so far?

The textile journeys which actually started as exploratory visits to unknown regions, have been enriching and also difficult. There were unexplored areas, no place to stay, eat and one did not know what one was looking for. Both exciting, but often highly frustrating. For instance, I did know that there was a wealth of designs in hand blocks in a place called Farrukhabad, once I got there, no one knew where to send me as the craft had died a death due to colonial taking over the printing to england. It used to make me angry, but at the same time there was a need to revive what we had lost in this country. India’s legacy of textiles is too big to tell all these stories in one go, so I am doing it region wise and hope to complete the book by the next few months. It will be in many sections, all readable in bed, but informative and i hope instructive to the new generation of designers and seekers of textiles.

What has been the idea behind bringing these travel publications to light?

We do not have a travelogue for these regions of weaving, printing embroideries or a textile map which helps with information history and logistics of how to access these areas. I used to write notes and see how these areas changed over the years. Indian crafts are still a vital part of our fashion culture and more accessible than before, I wished to facilitate travel to these areas.

Your designs reflect unique textiles of various regions across the world. Which textile/region has been the most inspiring?

We are so enriched with the diversity of textiles in all indian regions, it is difficult to choose between weaving, printing and embroideries. Since prints come close to art, I tend to enjoy them more.

Which has been your most enriching travel experience till date and why?

My travels in Bengal, which introduced me to the concept of revival and its success in a long forgotten region, specialising in diverse disciplines, of weaving, embroidery and hand block printing.

Your travel book also contains paintings created by you. When did this romance with the brush begin and are these painting reflective of places you have travelled to?

These are more in the nature of collages, and then painted over. While writing the books, I realised the inadequacy of words to describe the rustic humble areas under trees and ponds, where the most sophisticated of embroideries were executed which made it to the couture world of europe. I needed visuals, and began creating them where words were not enough to give the entire picture.

I began my career by buying a rabari embroidery for 50 rupees which I used as inspiration for a print for a silk dress, that sold out and we kept repeating orders on it. I guess that is the favourite still due to its history. Over the years I began studying textiles in real earnest and when I could afford to, I couldn’t resist buying a beautiful piece of textile, that is how the archive grew.

Your latest collection 'Hip Hop Baroque' was inspired by hip-hop. What's next in the offing?

That was the label line which changes with fashion forecasts, — am not predicting yet.

Ritu Kumar will be presenting Crossroads: Textile Journeys with Ritu Kumar; an exhibition illustrating a forthcoming series of publications tracing her travels through South Asia and Europe from March 23-April 5 at India Habitat Centre, New Delhi.Read more at:short formal dresses australia | formal dresses australia


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How Andrea Incontri's background in architecture informs his work at Tod's

سه شنبه 26 دی 1396
10:22
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Basking in a genteel lineage that stretches back over 100 years, Tod’s is a very discreet brand. It was founded in the early 1900s by Filippo Della Valle, and is now run by his grandson, Diego, who has transformed the business into a multimillion dollar empire. Unconcerned with seasonal trends, Tod’s prides itself on offering a more considered, slower-paced alternative, crafted with care.

It is a sign of the brand’s unconventional approach that its creative director of menswear is, in fact, an architect. “I trained as an architect, and in my mind, the approach to design is the same, whatever the project. It is an opportunity to speak about space, because with or without a body, leather goods and clothes still occupy space,” Andrea Incontri tells me when we meet in Dubai.

“It is all lifestyle; there is no ­separation between this sofa, this chair, a dress, the cushions, your shoes… it is all connected. We need to bring in something new – it can’t only be fashion, fashion, fashion. That can be boring, so it’s important to add things. We live in many worlds, so we must draw them together. I am curious. My big obsession is details. Always details,” he says.

Incontri completely rejects the fast-fashion model – an attitude that he admits probably stems from his training. For him, luxury and longevity should coexist. “Maybe because I was an architect, and my imprinting is different to a fashion designer, but if I buy clothes for a lot of money – if I invest in luxury – I want to use it for more than one season. I want to use it for the rest of my life. You don’t change the chairs in your house every season. You buy six and you have them for a long time. It should be the same with your wardrobe and your shoes. This is how I see luxury.”

While most brands at fashion weeks organise big-budget runway shows, jam-packed with multiple looks – racing from sports luxe to suiting in under four minutes, Tod’s prefers a less-is-more approach – one that is decidedly un-Italian. In lieu of all the fanfare, Tod’s offers a small presentation featuring a handful of exquisitely dressed men, sitting around on chairs, looking as if they just stepped off a film set. Louche, elegant and understated, it is a skilful lesson in dressing with style. “We don’t make many things, because we believe in a wardrobe that is focused, with perhaps just five beautiful jackets. Instead, every season we have a new idea for the finish of the leather and this season, spring/summer 2018, the focus is denim,” Incontri explains.

This might sound like a decidedly lowbrow material for a brand famed for its quality, but Incontri infuses this workman’s fabric with a new sense of sophistication. “Denim is like Coca-Cola; it is global. It’s the most important fabric in the world, I think. It’s democratic, for rich and poor, and for men and women. It is so versatile. It can be super-chic or it can be a uniform, or very modern and contemporary. For this project, we decided to be less about the blue denim and instead use colours, but still make it timeless. We wanted to combine denim with Tod’s because I like this idea of these two things together. Opposites. Luxury is not for everyone, but denim is for everybody. I tried to create a new way of looking at denim.”

This being Tod’s, however, thinking about opposites also required a reimagining of the material at the heart of the house: leather. In the hands of Incontri and the artisans in the Tod’s factory in the Marche Hills near Ancona in Italy, the two materials have been melded into something entirely new. For the spring/summer 2018 collection, buttery leather has been overprinted to make it look like denim, and then hand-distressed to create a lived-in feel. Pale blue denim is stonewashed until it is baby soft and then crafted into immaculately cut suits. Shirts are made with denim so lightweight it fits like a second skin, while jackets receive a waterproofing treatment that does not compromise the softness of the fabric, but causes rain to run off in crazy rivulets. This is quality at its zenith.

Yet (and this is the clever bit), Incontri has managed to skilfully craft a youthful, forward-looking collection that still retains the brand’s storied DNA. The leather denim jacket could just as easily be worn by a young man on a moped as by a CEO boarding a plane. “The Tod’s customer can be a young man, or an old man, it’s not important. For us it is about the attitude, the style. He has travelled a lot, he is cultured and he knows what he wants.”

The backbone of the Tod’s brand is shoes – and one shoe in particular. The Gommino, a supple moccasin with a distinctive studded sole, has been consistently in demand since its launch in the 1970s. Each shoe is entirely handmade, using 100 different steps and with 133 rubber studs pressed through its sole. It is also an early example of mixing classic materials with high-tech fabrics, something that clearly fascinates both Incontri and Tod’s.

“Remember the time when the sneaker became a luxury item? At first it seemed so strange, but now everyone has it. They changed the [mindset] of the customer. I think this challenge for Tod’s started with the Gommino, because it’s an industrial product mixed with artisan work. We are the ones who started this. And I think this is a good formula for the future, to mix industrial materials – like rubber perhaps – with leather, with fabric. It creates a good dynamic,” Incontri says.

And what innovations can we expect from the ready-to-wear division? “For clothes, I think it’s important to look at waterproofing, maybe mixing leather with lycra – there are so many things. This is about redefining the work. An artisan is an artisan, whatever the material. Experience and skill, this is what Tod’s is about. Today, the material might be leather and rubber, tomorrow it might be something else. It’s like ingredients with food; its mixing ingredients to create the most beautiful dish.

“I only know how to approach a project this way. I love it when I don’t know how to do something. It’s important to take the time to get it right, working closely with the artisans in the factories. It’s not about just making something new; no, it’s about creating something beautiful that will last for a lifetime,” he concludes.Read more at:formal dresses online | formal dresses canberra


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Cleaning up the diet

دوشنبه 18 دی 1396
13:47
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I am quite aware that this is the time of the year when many people are trying to make lifestyle changes. However, I am also quite aware that many people are not able to carry out this desire beyond January.

Making healthy lifestyle choices is never easy, especially for a person who usually eats junk food. However, I must tell you frankly that now more than ever I have seen the need for people to adopt a healthy lifestyle involving healthy foods and exercise. The number of people dying from diseases like cancer and cardiovascular diseases in Jamaica and the rest of the world is cause for concern. I am almost sure that each Jamaican family has lost at least one family member to a lifestyle disease in the last year or two.

Sad to say, we live in an age when lifestyle diseases are taking a toll on our population. Human beings, who are the smartest and most intelligent mammals, have now become the sickest. Our poor health is putting pressure on the health system as well as our resources, and we spend most of our young adult life working hard, only to spend most of our savings and most times our children's savings on medications and health professionals. This is definitely not good. The need to watch what we put into our mouths has never been more important.

Before you start your change in diet, I would suggest that you make an assessment of why you have not been eating healthy food. Is it your family, your friends, your job, or is it just from personal choice? Once you have decided to make the change to cleaner foods you will also need to make the practical changes. You may have to learn to cook, you may have to take lunch to work or school, you may have to learn to shop at the market, and you may even have to give up some of your friends who are enabling your poor eating habits.

In your situation, it might be good to start with small changes each week. For example, you could reduce your sweet juice intake by a half in the first week. In the second week you could also reduce your sweet pastry intake by a half. Making small changes each week will allow you not to become bored with your eating programme.

It would be wise to avoid buying certain foods if you are not going to eat them. In addition, if you have kids at home, don't buy them snacks. Eating on time, as well as having many smaller meals every day rather than one or two large meals, might also be helpful. Drinking water between meals will also help to reduce your cravings when you start eating cleaner foods.

Getting a support team would also be helpful. In the long term, having a diet with more fruits, vegetables, vegetable juices, whole grain, soups and yoghurt will do wonders for you. In addition, when you start eating cleaner foods the taste buds will need some time to adjust. In general, you like unhealthy foods because of the sweet, salt or oil in them. But at this point it should be about your health.

It is also important to get at least 30 minutes of exercise every day.

Good luck!Read more at:cocktail dresses online | formal dress


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MAN AND THE MERRY MISSUS

سه شنبه 12 دی 1396
9:37
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Birthday girl Vidya Balan and husband Siddharth Roy Kapur welcome the New Year at their home

The baby way

It's been just a year and a bit since their wedding, but winemaker Rajeev Samant isn’t wasting his time in growing his family. The Stanford alumnus who gave up a corporate job in California to move to India and start his own enterprise here, and his Muscovite wife Margarita Andronova, are expecting their first child. We hear the missus is already five months along and only a few friends and family members have been informed. The couple spent Christmas at their Nashik vineyard with Samant’s parents and family. And they are currently holidaying at his home in London. Samant met Andronova while on holiday in Ibiza and courted her all over Europe and India before asking her to marry him. Our congratulations, and may your tribe increase.

Friends of friends

That Neha Dhupia has had a great 2017 is a given. The talented actor performed the best role of her career in the Vidya Balan-starrer ‘Tumhari Sulu’. But the pretty actor and host has also been signed up for a TV chat show which sees movie stars and their favourite fashion designers indulge in a little friendly banter. Among the several A-lister guests who are part of this, one name has us raise an eyebrow. The very elusive Rani Mukerji is also a guest on the show, with her friend and favourite designer Sabyasachi Mukherjee. Now, Rani is known to avoid interviews and chat shows altogether, other than those for her great pal Karan Johar. Is her presence on Neha’s show also thanks to Johar then? Hmmm.

Personally speaking

Meanwhile, Sabyasachi has recently made the wedding trousseau of someone very special to him, other than Anushka Sharma we mean. The daughter of former actor Nafisa Ali Sodhi, Pia Zaranna Sodhi, recently married in Delhi, and the famed couturier was requested to design her clothes. Sabya says this wedding was so personal for him because as a child, he nursed a little crush on Nafisa (as did everyone his age and a generation before). “Perhaps Nafisa doesn’t know this, but I first saw her at Park Circus Station. I was just a young boy on a train, and she was with her father, camera in hand, photographing the kids outside. I leaned so far out of the window that I almost fell out. Then I saw her in ‘Junoon’. I was spellbound, infatuated. I wouldn’t leave the movie hall even after the closing credits – hoping that she would appear on screen again. I had a Nafisa Ali obsession!” Years later, the designer befriended her when he was stylist for Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s ‘Guzaarish’.

Quite a fair

While last year’s India Art Fair received a rather tepid response — owing to few gallery representations — things look quite hopeful for the upcoming edition. The fair’s founder Neha Kirpal stepped down from her role as the director last year, paving the way for Jagdip Jagpal who joined office in August 2017. Jagpal has been responsible for enhancement of the fair and its activities in India and beyond. Prior to joining the fair, Jagpal — the Governor of London School of Economics — played an important role in the UK–South Asia project initiated by Dr Maria Balshaw. Jagpal, who enjoys a rapport with the Indian art world, has been instrumental in bringing several top galleries such as Chatterjee & Lal, Jhaveri Contemporary, The Guild, Gallery Threshold, Latitude 28 and Kalakriti Art Gallery back to the fair, which begins on February 9. Several collectors and key international patrons are expected to fly to Delhi from Dhaka, where they’ll be attending the summit, supported by the collector couple Nadia and Rajeeb Samdani.

Tailpiece

You wouldn’t believe it if you were told these two Bollywood folk were partners, since all they do is badmouth each other in public. The dusky female actor and her adultcomedy director buddy have teamed up to start a production company. Which the lady in question keeps calling her own, as if she is the solo producer. To which his response is “nobody actress”. Ouch.Read more at:http://www.marieaustralia.com | formal dress shops sydney


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Your tailored T-shirt dreams can become a reality with this Sydney start-up

پنجشنبه 30 آذر 1396
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Suits are tailored, wedding dresses are made to order - but why not the T-shirt? This is a question posed by Zoltan Csaki and Eric Phu who could not find the ideal T-shirt to buy, so started Citizen Wolf to address their concerns. “The future is here starting with the not-so-humble tee: zero waste, locally made, fully transparent, perfectly tailored to you and delivered faster than fast fashion,” says Csaki on Citizen Wolf’s T-shirts which are made according to the wearers measurements, and can be customised in ways beyond what most people could imagine: length, style and size of neckline, sleeve length, cut, hems and more. “I’m a small guy with a big problem, I struggle to find any clothes that fit me properly,” says Phu. “Zoltan and I realised that tailoring is the solution, but that the challenge would be rethinking the entire manufacturing process and retail experience from the ground up so it would be accessible for everyone, not just the one percent.”

Citizen Wolf also use ethical fabrics such as bamboo cotton, Merino wool and pima, and has a partnership with Melbourne-based denim brand Nobody Jeans to use their left-over fabrics. Off-cuts from Citizen Wolf are up-cycled into blankets made at one of Australia’s oldest mills in Tasmania, in collaboration with Seljuk Brand, and the company are planning to launch an in-store repair program to fix any T-shirt from any brand, “because as individuals, the single best thing we can do for the planet is to repair instead of replacing stuff.”

While Citizen Wolf has been recognised as one of the most sustainability and transparent apparel companies in Australia as well with the shortest and highly visible supply chain (customers can meet Annie, who will laser cut your T-shirt in store for example), the brand did not initially intend to make such in-roads in sustainability. “Being sustainable has been baked right into our operating model from the very start,” says Phu, who also mentions that one third of clothing is thrown into landfill, having never been sold. “Not only is it terrible for the environment, but makes for poor business sense… not to mention insanity of the wasted efforts by the people forced to make them under inhumane conditions. With sustainability naturally part of our DNA (even if we didn’t realise it at the time!), it’s been a strong foundation for us to build on as we learn more about fashion’s impact on the environment, and how we can do our part to address it.” Adds Csaki: “There’s no doubt sustainability is having a moment but we can only change the world by changing our habits, and the first thing that needs to change is our attitude towards lifespan. We all have to stop thinking about clothing as being disposable and the easiest way to do that is to buy only what you love. Being involved in designing exactly what you want to wear changes your relationship to clothes, and then of course when something fits perfectly we all tend to wear it more. But it was only after putting these things together that we realised we’d created something inherently sustainable!”Read more at:formal dresses australia | black evening dress


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